Best Movie Kisses of All-Time
||Film Title/Year and Description of Kiss in Movie Scene
It Over With' Tension-Reducing Kiss To Digest Food Better
Woody Allen's witty Best Picture-winning comedy was
a story of angst-ridden urbanites in New York. It told about a remembered
on-and-off again relationship between:
- neurotic writer Alvy Singer (Woody Allen)
- quirky, enchanting and aspiring singer Annie Hall
During a weekend date, he ended up accompanying her
to a Saturday nightclub audition for their first date - an awful
debut experience as she timidly sang: "It Had To Be You."
Walking along on the sidewalk afterwards to a deli
(in a single, completely unbroken long shot), Alvy attempted to make
her feel better about her performance, encouraging her as an older
mentor ("You have a wonderful voice...You have a great voice").
However, she was distraught about her singing: "I was awful.
I'm so ashamed I can't sing...Oh my God, I mean, they hated me."
Suddenly, he stopped and asked her for a kiss so they
wouldn't have to be tense all evening:
"Hey, listen, listen. Give me a kiss....Yeah,
why not? Because we're just gonna go home later, right, and uhm,
there's gonna be all that tension, you know. We've never kissed
before. And I'll never know when to make the right move or anything.
So we'll kiss now and get it over with, and then we'll go eat.
Okay? We'll digest our food better."
They kissed, and then Alvy perfunctorily stated:
"Okay, so now we can digest our food. OK?"
Are You Doing?" - A "Real Cool and Casual" Kiss
In another bittersweet Woody Allen comedic tale about
NY neurotics and a quest for romance, with a Gershwin musical score,
42 year-old comedy writer Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) was involved
with three women:
- his lesbian ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep), who was
writing a tell-all book about their marriage
- 17 year-old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway)
- Mary Wilke (Diane Keaton), the neurotic, intellectual,
sexy mistress of Isaac's married best friend Yale (Michael Murphy)
After seeing a double feature of foreign films, Isaac
and Mary went back to her place, where he laughingly complained about
the lack of food in her refrigerator: "So what do you got to
eat here? Nothing, right?...What is this? You got a corned beef sandwich
here from 1951, I think... Corned beef should not be blue!" He
then briefly asked her to come over to him ("Hey, come here")
- and gave her a long, passionate kiss. She then asked:
Mary: (quizzically) "What are you doing?"
Isaac: "What am I doing? You have to ask what I'm doing?!
I was kissing you flush on the mouth."
She complained: "I cannot get my life in any kind
He then admitted that their first kiss was something he had wanted
to do for the longest time since meeting her, and he was trying to
be "real cool and casual."
She guessed that he had wanted to kiss her during their
time at the Hayden Planetarium on an earlier date:
Isaac: "Yeah, I did."
Mary: "I thought so."
Isaac: "But you were going out with Yale then and I would
never in a million years, you know, interfere...Did you want me
to kiss you then?"
Mary: "I don't know what I wanted. I was so angry at Yale
"But you were so sexy, you know. You were all soaking wet
from the rain, and I had a mad impulse to throw you down on the
lunar surface and commit interstellar perversion with you."
Mary: "I can't go from relationship to relationship. It's
senseless. I can't do it...I've got too many problems. I'm just
really not the person to get involved with. I'm trouble."
Isaac: "Hey, honey, trouble is my middle name. Actually, my
middle name is Mortimer. I'm kidding." (They kissed again)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (aka Phantom der Nacht) (1979,
Werner Herzog's version of the classic Bram Stoker
tale and F.W. Murnau's silent Nosferatu (1922) told about
a tortured, bald, rat-fanged and pointy-eared Count Dracula/Nosferatu
The vampire first attempted to take Lucy Harker (Isabelle
Adjani), and he announced to her his entrance as his distorted shadow
preceded him into the room behind wide-eyed Lucy's reflection in
Count Dracula: "You must excuse my rude entrance.
I am Count Dracula."
Lucy: "I know of you. I have read Jonathan's diary. Since
he has been with you, he's ruined."
Count Dracula: "He will not die."
Lucy: "Yes, he will."
Count Dracula: "Dying is cruelty for the unsuspecting, but
death is not everything. It is more cruel not to be able to die.
I wish I could partake of the love that's between you and Jonathan."
Lucy: "Nothing in this world, not even God, can touch that.
It will not change, even if Jonathan never recognizes me again."
Count Dracula: "I could change everything. Come to me and
be my ally. There'd be salvation for your husband and for me. The
absence of love is the most abject pain."
Lucy: "Salvation comes from ourselves alone and you may rest
assured that even the unthinkable will not deter me."
But she refused him.
Later, however, the pure and virginal Lucy offered
herself up sacrificially to the vampire. With a pale face and wearing
a white gown, she was lying perfectly still and awaiting his 'kiss.'
As he groped her breast with his long fingered-hand, he slowly descended
to bite her neck and feed upon her.
Her ploy to keep him there paid off - the rising sun's
light from her window sealed the Count's fate.
The Shining (1980)
Director Stanley Kubrick's 'haunted house' horror film
occurred during the off-season at a remote Colorado resort hotel,
the Overlook Hotel, where aspiring writer and half-crazed Jack Torrance
(Jack Nicholson) had been hired as the caretaker with his family.
When investigating Room 237, Jack pushed open the half-closed
bathroom door of the mysterious, green and orange room, where he
saw a young, totally-nude female figure (Lia Beldam) bathing.
She rose, and slowly stepped from the tub and approached.
Jack lustfully leered back at her and was sexually seduced by the
When she stopped in the middle of the room, he started
toward her - she seductively moved her hands up over his chest and
around his neck.
Jack embraced and kissed the illusory, beautiful bather.
But when he looked at their embrace over her shoulder
at the reflection in the mirror behind her, he saw that her age had
accelerated and her body was covered with lesions.
She was transformed into a demonic, necrophiliac lover
- a pulsating, partially-decomposed corpse - a wrinkled, thick-skinned
old hag (Billie Gibson) that was pursuing him!
Star Wars: Episode
V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Just As Soon Kiss a Wookie"
The second film in the epic Star Wars trilogy
was another sci-fi fantasy adventure, documenting the continuing
struggle of the evil Dark Lord Darth Vader (David Prowse/voice of
James Earl Jones) against the Rebel Alliance, supported by Luke Skywalker
(Mark Hamill), feisty Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), and cynical
mercenary captain of the Millennium Falcon Han Solo (Harrison
Earlier in the film on the bleak and frigid planet
of Hoth where the hidden Rebel base was located in a large ice cave,
Han Solo reported on his mission, and then explained that he was
now forced to leave - to pay off a debt from a previous smuggling
operation, with bounty hunters on his trail. Solo then said goodbye
to the Princess ("Your Highness" or "Your Highnesness"),
who was frosty about his sudden departure.
However, she followed after him in an icy, south passage
corridor and told him with a mixture of emotional and professional
sentiment that he was a "natural leader." He imagined that
she also had personal feelings for him, and challenged her to give
him a good-bye kiss:
Leia: "I thought you had decided to stay...
Han, we need you!"
Han: "We need you."
Han: "Well, what about you need?"
Leia: "I need? I don't know what you're talking about."
Han: "You probably don't."
Leia: "And what precisely am I supposed to know?"
Han: "You want me to stay because of the way you feel about
Leia: "Yes. You're a great help to us. You're a natural leader."
Han: "No, that's not it. Come on. (He gestured for her to
kiss him) A-ha. Come on."
Leia: "You're imagining things."
Han: "Am I? Then why are you following me? Afraid I was gonna
leave without giving you a good-bye kiss?"
Princess (retorting): "I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee."
Han: "I can arrange that! You could use a good kiss!"
Star Wars: Episode
V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Kiss for a Scoundrel - Interrupted
Solo passionately kissed Princess Leia for the first
time, while she helped him to repair his ship while hiding from the
evil Empire in an asteroid tunnel-cave. He aggravated her when he
spitefully called her "Your Worship," although he said
she also could be a littler nicer. She admitted that he occasionally
was all right when "not acting like a scoundrel."
When he got close to her and was rubbing her dirty
hands, he told her that he liked her epithet for him - 'scoundrel'
and then asked:
Han: "What are you afraid of?"
Leia: "I'm not trembling."
Han: "You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough
scoundrels in your life."
Leia: "I happen to like nice men."
Han: "I'm a nice man."
Leia: "No, you're not. You're ---"
After she quipped back, he coaxed a kiss from her as
she mildly protested but reciprocated. He almost made her faint,
after a long-running spitefulness that they showed to each other.
Although indignant, she couldn't find the words to express herself.
The kissing scene ended quickly and humorously when
they were suddenly interrupted by C-3PO's cheerful joy about the
repairs he had made to the ship and his happiness over isolating
the reverse power flux coupling.
Star Wars: Episode
V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
of Love Kiss
The couple also briefly kissed later in the film when
Solo was about to be dipped into a carbonite-freezing chamber, as
a test by the Dark Lord Darth Vader. Vader's intention was to first
test the freezing chamber on Han Solo.
Chewie vainly fought off some of the stormtroopers
until Solo calmed him and told him to "save his strength - there
will be another time. The princess - you have to take care of her."
Leia turned to Han and kissed him, but they were separated
by one of the stormtroopers.
Then, she confessed to him as he was pulled away: "I
love you," to which he replied: "I know."
The entire Superman series was based on the
late 1930s comic book tale regarding the "Man of Steel" (alias
Clark Kent) and his continuing romance with fellow reporter Lois
At the conclusion of this Superman sequel in
a scene set in Lois Lane's (Margot Kidder) Daily Planet office
in Metropolis, mild-mannered Clark Kent/Superman (Christopher Reeve)
gave Lois an "amnesia kiss" - an ingenious plot device
- when she was anguished at knowing his secret identity. She began
by telling him about her upset and sleepless night:
"I sat up all night listening to the voices
of reason. Do you know how vile it is to hear the first bird
of the morning singing, when you've been sitting up all night,
crying?...I guess I'm just too selfish...Yes, I am selfish when
it comes to you. I am selfish. And I'm jealous of the whole
world...Clark, look. Don't tell me that I'll meet somebody.
You're kinda...tough act to follow, you know? Now, I'm gonna
be fine. You don't have to worry about me."
When Clark replied: "I like worrying about you," she
muttered back while sobbing:
"Would you stop? Don't you know that
this is killing me? Do you know what it's like to have
you come in here, every morning, and not be able to talk to
you? Not be able to… show I have any feelings for you?
Not be able to tell anyone that I know who you are? I don't even
know what to call you!...I dunno, just... say that you
To end her pain, he gave her a prolonged kiss that
somehow erased her memory of his identity as Superman in the past
few days, allowing her to function without that painful knowledge,
and to keep his identity secret and safe so that he could continue
to dutifully protect Earth.
[Note: See also entry for Superman IV: The Quest
for Peace (1987).]
Body Heat (1981)
Director/writer Lawrence Kasdan's steamy neo-film noir
had a classic plot line - a lawyer smitten with a woman who convinced
him to commit the murder of her loathed husband, in the hot climate
- naive and horny Florida attorney Ned Racine (William
- sultry, alluring, cheating, husky-voiced femme
fatale Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner in her film debut)
The not-very-bright, corruptible lawyer was ensnared
by Matty during a highly-charged nocturnal meeting at her house after
they had met at a bar, where he became enthralled by her mode of
dress (a braless, open blouse and bright red skirt). He had told
her: "Maybe you shouldn't dress like that...Then you shouldn't
wear that body." He followed her home to see (or listen) to
her balcony's wind chimes -- but then she asked him to leave almost
"So I think you should go now... I'm sorry,
I shouldn't have let you come... I'm weak."
Although he began to leave, he returned and broke
into her locked house through the porch bay window with a garden
chair (to the sound of wind chimes). He approached the awaiting,
horny and receptive Matty at the foot of the stairs - where he kissed
her. After feeling her breasts and crotch through her clothing, she
accommodated him by laying back on the floor. He removed her panties
to make love to her, exclaiming: "It's so right!" She begged: "Please,
Ned. Do it!"
On Golden Pond (1981)
Director Mark Rydell's heartwarming dramatic film told
about an aging couple at their summer place - a lakefront cabin in
- 80 year-old retired college professor and avid
fisherman, cantankerous Norman Thayer, Jr. (Henry Fonda)
- devoted and wise wife Ethel (Katharine Hepburn)
In one of the later scenes, Norman had suffered a mild
heart attack on their cabin's front porch, something which for the
first time made Ethel realize their approaching mortality.
When he recovered, he stood up and asked Ethel, while
holding her in his arms:
"Wanna dance or would you rather just suck
He was using slang he had learned from 13 year-old
Billy (Doug McKeon), and then he reminded her of the sound of the
loons on the lake: "They've come round to say goodbye."
Together, they walked down to the water's edge, where Norman spoke:
"Just the two of 'em now. Babies all grown
up and moved to Los Angeles, or somewhere."
The camera panned to the left as they leaned into each
other - presumably to kiss.
Raiders of the Lost
Everywhere It Doesn't Hurt - Left Elbow, Forehead, Right Eye,
and on the Lips
Director Steven Spielbeg's first film in the popular Indiana
Jones franchise starred Harrison Ford as globe-trotting adventurer/archaeology
professor Indiana Jones, who teamed up with Marion Ravenwood (Karen
Allen), the daughter of a celebrated archaeologist, to locate the
lost biblical Ark of the Covenant, while in contention with a group
As passengers on Mr. Katanga's (George Harris) steamboat
with the Ark of the Covenant in its cargo hold, Marion nursed a badly
wounded Indiana, who complained of pain when she tried to apply ointment.
She reminded him: "You're not the man I knew ten
years ago" to which he replied, famously:
"It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."
When he kept complaining about pain everywhere, she
retorted: "Well, G-ddamnit, Indy, where doesn't it hurt?" Indy
pointed to the only place it didn't hurt on his body - his left elbow.
She kissed it for him and then he prompted her to continue
kissing him - on his forehead (after she removed his hat), his right
eye and finally, a long passionate kiss on his lips.
But he passed out as Marion pondered:
"Jones, Jones. We never seem to get a break,